The Flower of Arnold - The Story of Arnold's Adopted Warship, by John A. Ward
Book published privately by the author, 80 pages. Paperback (N4699P1)
This book provides a fascinating short history of the Royal Navy Flower Class Corvette HMS Pennywort.
The warship was launched in October 1941 and saw almost constant service during the Second World War, and the funds to build her were raised in and around the market town of Arnold in Nottinghamshire. The practice of a particular town raising funds for a warship were common during the Second World War, and this explains the connection between Arnold and the ship, and this book not only looks at the origins of the warship and the fund raising efforts that were made to build the ship, but then also goes on to examine the Pennywort's wartime career. Chapters include:
- Setting the Scene
- What was HMS Pennywort
- Fundraising in Arnold
- Warship Week
- The Convoys
- Operation Overlord - Normandy
- Pennywort's final duties
- The men of the Pennywort
- The poems
Condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, with only very light nibbling and wear along the edges and corners, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is an old price (printed) and a small price sticker on the rear side cover.